Two UNC School of Medicine faculty members appointed to HIV/AIDS advisory positions

Myron Cohen, MD, and Ron Swanstrom, PhD , were recently appointed to prestigious HIV/AIDS advisory council positions. Dr. Cohen will sit on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) AIDS Research Advisory Committee and Swanstrom will take a position on the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Two UNC School of Medicine faculty members appointed to HIV/AIDS advisory positions
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Myron Cohen, MD (left) and Ron Swanstrom, PhD (right)

October 4, 2010 -- Myron Cohen, MD, and Ron Swanstrom, PhD , were recently appointed to prestigious HIV/AIDS advisory council positions. Dr. Cohen will sit on the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) AIDS Research Advisory Committee and Swanstrom will take a position on the Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council (OARAC) under the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The AIDS Research Advisory Committee serves to provide general advice on AIDS-related topics to the NIAID Division of AIDS, to assess and improve upon current projects under the division, and to review new AIDS-related research initiatives. The committee meets three times per year in Bethesda, MD.

Cohen is associate vice chancellor and J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and Public Health. He also serves as chief of infectious diesease medicine and director of the Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases.

The Office of AIDS Research Advisory Council advises the director of the NIH Office of AIDS Research on all phases of AIDS research. The council also advises the U.S .Secretary of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health and the director of NIH on all AIDS-related issues, from research policies to the coordination of domestic and international NIH AIDS efforts.

Swanstrom directs the UNC Center for AIDS Research and is professor of biochemistry and biophysics and microbiology and immunology. Swanstrom's laboratory focuses on three lines of HIV-1 research: evolution of HIV-1 as the result of virus-host interactions, the nature of drug resistance to HIV-1 protease inhibitor, and HIV-1 vaccine development.

Cohen and Swanstrom will each serve a four-year term on their respective committees.


UNC Division of Infectious Diseases contact: Lisa Chensvold, (919) 843-5719, lisa_chensvold@med.unc.edu